Fall Schedule




Can We Still Hire H-1Bs? How to access foreign talent in today's shifting regulatory landscape. 

Lori Chesser 


"Hire American" only goes so far when the employment rate is below 5% and much of business is global. This session will help you sort the rhetoric from the real in hiring foreign talent and demystify the rules and terminology that come with employee immigration. The session will also address emerging interpretations of anti-discrimination rules to protect U.S. workers.  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Creating Safe and Welcoming Environments in the Workplace 

Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel 


Creating a Safe and Welcoming Environments in the Workplace is a training to help employers and employees retain and attract LGBTQ employees. This interactive training will include an icebreaker activity related to creating a safe and welcoming environments, overview of LGBTQ terminology, learning multiple specific applicable skills to creating a safe and welcoming environments, and application of skills in scenario planning and roleplaying. 



         Increase knowledge regarding LGBTQ terminology 

         Learn at least three specific skills to apply in creating safe and welcoming environments in the workplace 

         Improve self-efficacy of applying skills in the workplace 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Understanding Your People: Current & Potential Hires 

Dan Stalp 


Understanding people involves being an expert on the dynamics of interaction. 


In this highly interactive session, participants will: 


         Discover how communicating to one's identity is different than communicating to one's role at work or as an applicant 

         Learn how the parent, adult, and child ego states impact the state of mind and the nature of the interactions when communicating   

         Develop an awareness of how pace, task orientation, and people orientation helps current employees and potential employees grow and increase departmental productivity 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Engaging Employees through Strengths 

Alia Stowers 


Most companies are currently struggling to retain employees, especially Millennials, and engagement is the first step to retention. Research tells us that those who are encouraged and empowered to use their strengths at work are highly engaged and productive. Strengths-based teams are the most innovative and high-performing. In this session you will: 

         Learn why strengths-based leadership is the best leadership strategy 

         Discover how to create a strengths-based culture in your organization 

         Understand how leveraging strengths in the organizational culture increases engagement (and therefore, retention) 

         Learn how natural talents impact judgments and organizational biases 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Pre-employment Drug Testing : Avoiding Traps for the Unwary Employer After the Conditional Offer 

Thomas M. Cunningham 


Attendees will learn and review the requirements to legally drug screen prospective and current employees in the private sector in Iowa, as illustrated by the methods of attack most plaintiffs lawyers use to invalidate drug screen results at trial.  


Attendees will: 

  • Learn the requirements for legal valid drug screening under Iowa law
  • Understand the difference between Iowa drug testing requirements and requirements for Federal DOT screening
  • Be apprised of the hidden traps for the unwary employer undertaking drug screening
  • Be equipped to vet third party drug screening vendors to ensure their practices conform to Iowa law.


Intended Audience: Private Sector 


Three Good Things: How to Build Your Resiliency and Reduce Employee Burnout 

Denise Forney 


One out of three health care employees experience burnout: that being a mental or physical breakdown due to skyrocketing stress levels. The cause for burnout can be attributed to the way most people tend to view the world - constantly on guard for threats in our environment.  


During this session, we will offer up ways to recalibrate our outlook on life and be more positive through "Three Good Things." The benefits of employing strategies from this interactive workshop on will help participants: 

Lower depression and burnout 

Experience less conflict with colleagues and fewer disruptive behaviors 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Current status of Healthcare and Legislation for 2018 

Jesse Patton 


Jesse will provide an update on the status of the Affordable Care Act going into 2018. The audience will get a complete review of proposed and passed legislation that will affect the market in 2018. Discussion on timeline for implementation and how this legislation will impact provision of ACA. Attendees will get a chance to review the other requirements that will be implemented and impact their healthcare coverage in 2018.   

         New Regulations issued and proposed 

         How Health plans will be affected 

         Carrier and Marketplace Update 

         What happens to Affordable Care Act 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 


Using Benefits to Impact the Culture and Productivity of Your Workforce 

Telligen Representative 


This presentation will allow attendees how to best utilize health plan benefits for retaining and engaging employees and fostering a culture of health and well-being. We will also feature a case study by having one of our clients speak with us. 


Reducing Turnover - Practical ideas and strategies for reducing employee turnover 

Thomas Hamilton 


The talk focuses on reducing turnover through best practices techniques for:   


  • Proactive recruiting - Activities and branding to attract top candidates
  • Improved Selection - Tools and techniques to dramatically improve selection
  • Better Onboarding - New hire retention is critical for long term success
  • Training/Development - How much is the right amount?
  • Succession planning - Growing your own for higher productivity and long term success


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  


Staying Positive in a Negative World  

Michele Matt, CSP 


It is believed that your ATTITUDE, not your APTITUDE, determines your ALTITUDE in life. Experience an inspiring program that has delighted audiences throughout the country. By participating in this program, you will discover how influential your attitude is to your happiness, success, and the results you get on the job, in your career, and with other people at work and at home.  


After participating in this dynamic program, you will be able to:  

         Appreciate and enjoy the benefits of a positive attitude  

         Analyze how good, bad, and ugly attitudes are communicated  

         Adjust your attitude using five "attitude adjustment" techniques  

         Maintain a positive attitude in a "negative" environment  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  


Many more to come! Keep checking back for updates! 

*This schedule may be subject to change, but we will attempt to keep the final schedule as close as possible to what appears here.